Use the online thesis consent form to check and give the University permission for your complete PhD thesis to be made available online. Theses prior to 2008 can only be made publicly available with the authors permission.
Evidence shows that alumni who allow their theses to be digitised and put into Southampton’s Institutional Repository, will see a dramatic improvement in their Google rankings. This visibility is good for your research and good for the University.
Since the 2008/2009 session, University of Southampton theses have been submitted electronically and are available to readers from our Institutional Repository, subject to embargo. Please check our repository, ePrints Soton,to discover if the thesis is available online
Check ePrints to discover if the thesis is available online. If a thesis is not available online, request a thesis as detailed below.
If for any reason it is not possible to provide a thesis, Library staff will contact you directly.
Members of the University of Southampton
log in to WebCat and select Requests & Document Supply; select Request something from our collections and enter the information you have about the thesis, e.g. Author, Title, Year of Submission. Click on the Place Request button to submit your request.
You receive an email from the Library stating the thesis can be collected from the Hartley Library Loans Desk ( print theses are reference only but will be held at the Hartley Library Loans Desk for consultation for 3 weeks) or provided as a PDF via the Safesend.
Complete a thesis request form and submit it to the Inter-Library Loans section of your own library, who will request the thesis on your behalf. If the thesis is loanable, a searchable PDF of the thesis may be sent to you via Safesend.
Please note that this may take up to six weeks if there is no existing digital copy, as the original has to be scanned. There is currently no charge for this service. Please note: during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown we have limited access to the thesis print archive so there might be a delay in the provision of digitised theses where there is no existing digital copy.
The Library does not normally hold undergraduate or taught masters dissertations. University of Southampton students should enquire at their Faculty Office regarding any local arrangements for access to previous students' dissertations or final year projects.
You can search ePrints Soton, our institutional repository to find theses from the University of Southampton. Use the Advanced Search option, select Thesis as the item type, and select your School or Group or search by keyword.